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Should users answer questions that they think should be closed?

From time to time I come across posts that are closed by a user/users who has/have also submitted an answer to the question. I feel like this goes against the goal of closure, which is to prevent ...
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Add a vote *not* to close button to counter the vote to close for questions that might have dissenting votes

To close a question that might be conceived to be against homework policy, or lacks clarity only 4 users need to vote to close it. But some obscure questions might be unclear to a majority of the ...
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Careless mistakes in formulas shouldn't be treated the same as non-mainstream physics

In this question, What is the Schrödinger equation in position velocity space? I originally made a careless mistake when writing the Schrödinger equation in velocity space, as I had originally ...
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Little tolerance with mathematical-physics questions

I progressively feel that a typical user interested in the mathematical-physics tag, like me, is not welcomed in the community; not to mention, that at least as I can tell, the community is not ...
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Bounty reimbursement

There are sometimes rather low quality questions appearing in the bounty section. Today these are this and this. In my opinion both require quite a bit of work (such as a discussion in the comments) ...
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Getting a better understanding of how and why off-topic homework-like questions get answered before they can be closed

Background This is a follow-up to What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?. (See that thread, and the initial proposal here, for background.) The experiment is currently ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Clearly, marking a question as a duplicate of either my own question or of a question that I answered is not against the rules. But, there seems to be a conflict of interest in the context of the &...
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Misuse of downvoting

I think this question is unsuitable for this site as opinion-based, and should be closed. Yet, at the time of writing it has only one closure vote (mine), but 6 downvotes. I think this is indicative ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

This question How do I find the approximate surface area of a chicken? underwent a severe close/reopen yo-yo cycle. It was closed once by a moderator, then reopened by community members, then re-...
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Why can't I vote two times to reopen a question?

This question received hot attention initially. Then it was closed. I and others didn't agree and voted to reopen. And so it was. Then, again, the question was closed. I wanted to reopen it, but ...
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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

Quite often I spend a lot of time and effort to put together an answer to possibly not-so-robust questions (lacking details or an unclear question) only to be closed before I can submit. It is ...
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Are some questions closed "too fast", and is it a problem?

I bring as an example this question, that has been closed after ~12 hours: What exactly are electrons if they exist in orbitals without real boundaries? The OP seems to be someone that does not use ...
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A better system for close voting

In my close vote queue, I sometimes get questions on high-level quantum mechanics or general relativity that I don't know enough to judge. This is annoying to me personally but on a larger scale, it ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

In December 2019, the moderator team posted the question Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?, which was positively received, and there was a clear agreement and intention ...
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Asymmetry between closing and reopening questions

I notice an apparent asymmetry between the two processes of closing a question or voting for reopening. In the former case, a reason for the vote must be given. In the latter, it is not possible to ...
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

On a number of occasions, I have seen questions closed as duplicates although the linked question either did not have answers, or had only poor answers, and in some cases it had already been closed (...
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Do reopen votes expire or disappear?

I noticed that a question where I had cast a reopen vote now is listed as having no reopen votes. Do reopen votes disappear under certain circumstances or expire? Do close votes also do the same?
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

Update Based on the votes, we will be giving this experiment a try. We are working with the CM team now to figure out what metrics we can measure for comparisons before and during the test and we ...
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Should it be mandatory that close votes be accompanied by comments?

I have read the help page various times to get help with asking questions. While that helped, I still sometimes find my questions downvoted or voted to close. That is without explanation. That leaves ...
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Why "Leave Open" votes don't cancel the "Close" votes?

Once the question has been closed, one can cast re-open votes and a question requires exactly as many re-open votes as close votes in order for it to be re-opened. Given the homogeneity of time, I ...
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Should One Downvote a Question While Voting to Close It?

The title pretty much conveys what I want to ask but I would elaborate a bit. If a question is appropriate to be closed due to either of the listed reasons for a question to be closed, should one also ...
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Are there guidelines for reopening questions?

Background My closed question originally asked: Why is the sign of gravitational inertial mass chosen to be positive like EM inertial mass? and was put on hold: On hold as unclear what you're ...
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Why directly voting to close a question does not add to your number of reviews in the queue?

If you go into the "close votes" review queue and either selecting "Leave Open" or "Close" adds a count to the number of reviews you have done in the "close votes" queue. However, if you are viewing a ...
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Does the mechanism for marking duplicates change when you reach 50k rep, and if so, can this be avoided?

I voted to close this question as a duplicate, and to my surprise it was immediately closed. The message in the yellow box lists only my name, which makes it sound like my own vote was the only one ...
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Is Vote to Close as Off-Topic an appropriate remedy for questions that are deemed too "populist"?

Background: There are users who have been using the privilege to vote to close a question as off-topic as a way of dealing with "populist" questions (see the discussion here) believing them to be "...
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What is the line between fiction and physics with respect to off-topic?

There is a question I believe to be well on topic, relevant, and interesting. It is asking to consider a fictional scenario and evaluate, as given in the fictional scenario, whether it is possible to ...
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Should we vote to close old questions?

I believe some old questions would be quickly closed if asked today (e.g., What is sound and how is it produced? in my opinion is too broad and shows too little prior research effort). What should ...
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Not unclear if there's an answer

I have noticed the "unclear what you're asking" close reason misused multiple times (if asked, I can provide links, but I can think of many). However, there was one recent case that made me write this ...
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Reminder that Book Recommendations are on topic

Can whoever is flagging resource-recommendations as off-topic because they are primarily opinion based please stop doing so? The community decided a long time ago that these types of questions are on-...
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Reasons for Closing

First: I realize there has been a lot of discussion of the reasons for closing, and I haven't followed most of it, so I apologize for any redundancy here. That having been said: Here is an example ...
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Automatic comment when voting to close as homework-like?

Would it be convenient to include an automatically generated comment when voting to close a question as homework-like? The way things are set up now, if I see a question that runs afoul the homework-...
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When should moderators close questions?

I have recently found instances of moderators closing questions (which of course occurs with their single vote) instead of leaving them to be judged by the community in the review queues. For example :...
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Is one 'close vote' all it needs?

This question was stimulated by comments in the question Can I ask to have a block or left alone by a user?. @user104372 commented in the aforementioned question: '.. opening downvote caused a ...
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How many close votes do 3k+ users get per day? Is there any way to increase it?

I just reached 3000 rep (yay!) yesterday and I immediately went to the close vote review queue. After working through twenty it said I was out of close votes. Same thing today. Now, I remember reading ...
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Why don't close-vote counts agree with the number of close votes on review pages?

The process of closure of this question of mine has been started. As you can see in the figure below, the number of close votes is 3. (the picture has been taken at 18, July, 2016, 06:00 UTC) But ...
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How is this question still open?

Usually people get mad because we close things too quickly without considering whether they are really on topic or not. But What are the next generation physics experiments? has been open for 2 days ...
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How to get explanation why question is unclear?

I have had a big problem over many months with a question. I try to tell the story as factually as possible. Help is appreciated. Here we go... I asked a question on Jan 27 at 14:29. It was closed ...
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How is this question not too broad?

Somehow my flag for too broad got declines on this question: What is time dilation really?. Just the fact that the answer spans over 3 actually answers proves, by definition, that this question doesn'...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

Now, I know the need to create standards for asking questions. However, particularly for first time users, the ability to ask questions in a way that this forum expects can be difficult, often due to ...
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Streamlining the vote to close homework option page

This is a small point, but a lot of my vote to close choices have been about homework questions. Is it possible to have that homework option come up on the first page of the "Why should this question ...
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Should information provided in the comments be taken into account when evaluating the merits of a question?

When an unclear or otherwise lacking question is posted on this site, it often happens that one of the more experienced users posts a comment asking for clarification. Fairly often, the asker responds ...
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Why has 'philosophy enquiry of string theory' not been closed?

I direct your attention to the physics SE question on Philosophical Interpretation of String Theory. Verbatim questions from the post: How to explain all the mathematical structure that arises in ...
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Why shouldn't a question be on hold? (no, really, I'm curious)

A little while ago this question was posted to Meta, highlighting an apparent inconsistency between the handling of these two main site questions: (A) How is the method of Lagrange multipliers used ...
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(How) do we make it explicit that "please check my work"-type questions are off-topic?

This is an outgrowth of the discussion in chat, following this earlier question by Daniel Sank. I think we, as a community, agree (for the most part) that "please check my work"-type questions are ...
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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

Some time ago, John Rennie asked, ...in many cases it looks as if the OP simply can't be bothered to put any effort in. Do we have a policy for closing (or not closing) such questions? The Meta ...
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Is it a conflict of interest to review "votes to close" on questions you've answered?

Recently the question Is there a minimum mass is required for light to be noticeably bent? popped up in my review queue because it has a few close votes/flags. One is for "Unclear what you're asking" ...
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Editing and closing in the close queue

When edit a question in the close queue, it automatically skips to the next question. So I have to open the question in a new tab to VTC. Is there any direct way to achive this? Or is there any ...
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Chat session to discuss and possibly finalize close reasons

We have a bunch of proposed close reasons here, and there recently have been a few more good ones brought up there (Like Chris' alternative homework close reason or tpg's "engineering" close ...
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Moderators enjoying their vacation? (especially without any message)

I've noticed a sudden increment in the close vote queue (minimum 10 per day, upto 15 or so) for the past few days. Maybe people (except a few) haven't noticed that mods are having a vacation. I can ...
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What are the mechanisms to remove a question from the close queue?

I am interested in understanding better what it needs for a question to be removed from the close queue for good, apart from the obvious closing or deleting it. I have heard about several things ...
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